Despite the Rockets' valiant efforts, with standout performances from Alperen Sengun, who notched an impressive 24 points, and Jalen Green contributing 23, victory remained elusive. The defeat marked the Rockets' third setback in four games, highlighting the challenges they currently face in the competitive basketball landscape.
Meanwhile, in a remarkable comeback, the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a daunting 20-point deficit to emerge victorious against the Dallas Mavericks with a final score of 113-110. Jarrett Allen displayed incredible prowess with 24 points and an astonishing 23 rebounds, while Caris LeVert contributed 29 points to secure the Cavaliers' thrilling comeback. Luka Doncic's exceptional form continued for the Mavericks, as he delivered an outstanding performance with 39 points, marking his third consecutive game surpassing this impressive scoring milestone.
In other gripping matchups, Giannis Antetokounmpo's brilliance shone through as he amassed 32 points, guiding the Milwaukee Bucks to a convincing 144-122 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks showcased their depth with seven players reaching double figures, securing their eighth win in nine games. Additionally, the Toronto Raptors halted their three-game losing streak by defeating the Washington Wizards 132-102, thanks to standout performances from OG Anunoby with 26 points and Pascal Siakam with 22.
The Philadelphia 76ers asserted their dominance over the Orlando Magic with a commanding 112-92 triumph, as six Philadelphia players achieved double figures. Tyrese Maxey led the charge with 23 points, while Tobias Harris and De'Anthony Melton each contributed 22 points to secure a decisive victory. Lastly, the Oklahoma City Thunder soared to success against the New York Knicks, with Jalen Williams delivering a career-high 36 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander mirroring his impressive haul, propelling the Thunder to a 129-120 victory.